Moldova launches auction for 3.4GHz-3.6GHz spectrum

19 Jan 2015

Moldovan watchdog, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), has opened an auction for the allocation of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3600MHz frequency band, suitable for broadband wireless access (BWA) and fixed wireless access (FWA) services. The regulator will award four 15-year licences, with a total bandwidth of 50MHz each. The public auction is open to domestic and foreign companies; the regulator invited all interested parties to submit their applications for participation in the tender by 13 March, along with all relevant documents and a security of EUR100,000 (USD115,700). The licence fee will be determined following the auction, with a starting price of EUR1 million for the concessions.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2010 Moldova’s Ministry for Information and Communication Technologies (MTIC) adopted a programme to develop broadband internet access for 2010/13, including the allocation of frequencies in the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz and 3.4GHz-3.8GHz bands. In December 2012 interested parties were invited to submit their applications by 18 February 2013; however, the sale process of 50MHz of spectrum between 3750MHz and 3800MHz generated no interest. The ANRCETI pledged to re-launch a tender in October-December that year, although the date came and went with no further announcements. It was September 2014 before the watchdog revealed that it would award four BWA licences, each encompassing 50MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band; the sale process however failed to attract any bids.

Moldova, ANRCETI